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2:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

For a Limited Time, Louisville Will Waive Late Fees for Lapsed Animal Licenses

Credit Metro Animal Services

Louisville Metro Animal Services is giving pet owners whose licenses for their animals lapsed or were never purchased a break on late fees starting with the new year. Late fees for dog, cat and ferret licenses will be waived from from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

The pet licensing is required by law, LMAS Senior Manager Margaret Brosko says.

"First and foremost it is a great way to ensure public safety because the license is really a confirmation that an animal has their rabies shot," she says. "As we all know, it’s devastating if any animal has rabies but it’s also a risk to public health, humans, as well."

Licensing costs $9 for altered pets and $50 for unaltered pets, according to the city.

Brosko says licenses are also used to reunite lost pets with their owners. Licensing late fees can range from $47.50 for pets who have been spayed or neutered to $195 for unaltered pets.